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What To Expect At MWC

This year’s Mobile World Congress is set to bring with it an armada of announcements from high-profile tech brands like Lenovo, LG, Samsung, HTC, Huawei and Oppo.

Taking place in Barcelona from the 27th of February to the 2nd of March, this year’s MWC is expected to draw more than the 100,000 people who attended the event in 2016 and showcase what’s to come for the tech industry.

Here’s what we’re expecting to see:

LG

LG’s next big smartphone looks to abandon the modularity of the G5 and already has heads turning, with Danish designer Torsten Valeur calling it “the ideal fusion of… beautiful shape and clever solution and obviously great user experience.”

The new smartphone is expected to feature a bigger FullVision display with a 18:9 aspect ratio and an on-board voice assistant AI in the style of Siri or Cortana. It’s also said to be waterproofed and rumored for sheduled for a March 10 release.

HTC

HTC only announced their new HTC U series of handsets back in January so while they’re likely to have something, it is at this stage believed to be more of a refresh than a flagship.

There’s some buzz about a follow up to last year’s HTC One X9, but at this stage HTC haven’t got any sort of official “unveiling” planned so far as we know.

Oppo

Chinese smartphone player Oppo are looking to follow Huawei, HTC and Apple into the arms-race of portable photography, with the company teasing something photography-related for next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

At this stage, speculation indicates that it’ll be a new Oppo-branded handset, featuring a high-end optical zoom camera that produces similar results to what you see out of the new iPhone or Google Pixel.

Samsung

With the company confirming that both the Galaxy S8 and the successor to the Note 7 aren’t on the cards, it looks like the biggest thing coming out of Samsung at MWC will be a refresh on their tablet lineup.

The company look to be teasing exactly that.

Some reports say the device will feature a 9.6-inch 2048 x 1536 display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, and 4GB of RAM and be called the Galaxy Tab S3.

It remains unknown, yet possible, whether it will incorporate some of the foldable OLED technology that major tech companies are said to be preparing for consumer products this year.

Huawei

Based on the video teaser the Chinese smartphone company sent out a few weeks ago, it’s all but certain that they’ll be putting the P10 front and center at MWC.

Little is known at this time about the specs or central features of the device will feature but last year’s P9 boasted a 5.2” full-HD display, Kirin 955 chipset, fingerprint recognition and a Leica-built dual-lens camera.

Expect the P10 to build on that and more.

Alcatel

Alongside the return of BlackBerry, Alcatel is unveiling its global range for the year, with several of the products shown certain to be brought to the Australian market.

Based on what ChannelNews saw at an Alcatel event last year, we expect the handset formerly-known-as the POP 5 to make an appearance at the very least.

 

Motorola

Motorola has scheduled an event at MWC in Barcelona for February 26, where the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are expected to be announced.

The Moto G5 will feature a 5-inch full HD display, half an inch smaller than the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. A Snapdragon 430 processor powers the smartphone, with 32GB of storage and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera.

A slightly larger 5.2-inch display features on the Moto G5 Plus, which is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor. Internal storage and battery capacity are also larger than the G5, at 64GB and 3,000 mAh respectively.

While its 12-megapixel rear-facing camera is lower than that of the G5, the G5 Plus will benefit from what Motorola claims is the “most advanced camera in its class with dual autofocus pixels.”

Expect a full run-down on the 26th.

Blackberry

As tipped by ChannelNews back at CES, MWC will see BlackBerry bring its first major new handset to market.

It’ll feature what Blackberry claim is the world’s most advanced intelligent keyboard and high-gloss polished keys mimic the finish of the display glass, along with a 4.5-inch display, a Snapdragon 625 processor and 3GB of RAM.

Nokia

Finnish firm HMD Global has posted a video to Facebook teasing the occasion, showing off the newly-announced Nokia 6 and telling customers to “save the date” of February 26th, suggesting that MWC will be see them announce their first new Nokia-branded handset for global markets.

It’s unknown how many devices might be revealed on the 26th but HMD has previously indicated it plans to spend $500 million over the next three years on marketing Nokia-branded smartphones and tablets so it’s likely that we’re looking at several announcements here.

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